17 Quick & Easy Kid-Friendly Eats

School’s out for summer! For some of us, the change in schedules means more family meals at home. Parents may be looking for new ideas that are healthy and easy to prepare; it certainly was a hot topic among parents last week at a nutrition workshop I hosted, so it’s been on my mind a lot lately!

Seasonal Fruit Salad

Seasonal Fruit Salad

I’ve gathered some of my favorite ideas to share from MyPlate, USDA, American Dietetic Association, and some of my own from my days teaching nutrition after-school programs in NYC elementary schools. Most of these kid-friendly ideas work just as well for adults looking for simple, healthy solutions. … 

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Slim Down for Summer: 7 Tips

With Memorial Day Weekend around the corner — and with it, the unofficial start of summer — now’s the time to really step up your slim-down-for-summer efforts!

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

While the following advice is not as sexy as what you might find in {insert latest fad diet here}, the simple truth is this: in order to lose weight, you have to burn more calories than you take in.

To maximize the health benefits so that you take care of your body’s nutrient needs and feel great while losing weight, those calories-in should be as nutrient-rich as possible…. 

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Exploring the Mysteries of Mushrooms

Modern Farms Mushrooms

Modern Farms Mushrooms

Mushrooms are one of those vegetables that are always available, but you rarely get to see them growing. It’s not like you’re ever going to pass by rolling mushroom fields or ranches on your way to the Catskills.

I recently had the opportunity to see for myself where the magic happens. Alongside our Produce team, I visited two of the biggest mushroom farms in the Tri-State area: Phillips Mushroom Farms and Modern Farms Mushrooms.

I left with a head full of fun facts, a bag full of delicious mushroom treats and a real understanding of how mushrooms go from the earth to my kitchen.
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Three Crave-Worthy Spring Veggies

Wild Ramps

Wild Ramps

I’ve never met a vegetable I didn’t like, and that was true even before I was more or less professionally bound to say such things by virtue of being a card-carrying Commission on Dietetics registered dietitian (RD).

And it’s an exciting time to love veggies, because the spring season’s bounty is here. Delicate, first of the season, limited-availability vegetables have finally arrived, just as my palate is ready to come out of hibernation, too.

While there are a number of exciting spring vegetables to explore, three of my favorites that have me daydreaming about getting into the kitchen are wild fiddlehead ferns, baby purple artichokes and wild ramps…. 

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Mother’s Day Special: Mediterranean Diet in 8 Simple Steps

Celebrate Mother’s Day (and National Mediterranean Diet Month) with delicious meals made with love, that love mom back!

Mediterranean Diet Food Pyramid by Oldways Preservation Trust

Mediterranean Diet Food Pyramid by Oldways Preservation Trust

Do it because more women need to take care of their heart health. In fact, more women than men have died of heart disease each year since 1984, and it’s still the number one cause of death among both men and women in the U.S. and around the globe.

Great news: It’s largely preventable. A heart-healthy diet is a good place to start. … 

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How I Fell in Love with Fennel

I can still remember my first taste of raw fennel.

Fennel

Fennel

I had yet to reach the age of happily consuming vegetables (and broccoli only served to amuse me with its tree-like appearance), but here was a crunchy vegetable that looked a little like celery and… TASTED A LOT LIKE CANDY! One crisp, licorice-scented bite and I was hooked.

Once I started cooking on regular basis, my childhood appreciation of fennel’s sweet flavor developed into a deep, abiding love.

It might seem silly to declare my devotion to foeniculum vulgare, but I find fennel to be such an engaging ingredient. This singular vegetable develops a variety of characteristics based on different preparations, and it brings its distinct flavor to whatever I’m preparing.

Since fennel offers a hint of spring before most of the real spring vegetables arrive, now’s a great time to experiment with a few tasty ideas… both raw and cooked. … 

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Eat Green, Get Lean!

Happy Earth Month!

In addition to a month of homage to our shared planet, April also signals the turn of the season from winter to glorious spring — ripe with the promise of fairer weather and fresh foods.

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

What a perfect time to appreciate “eating green” by eating greens (and reds, blues, oranges, blues, and… you get the idea).

For the planet, eating green could be a great thing, since plant foods don’t typically require copious natural resources to grow.

For your health, eating green is consistent with the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 recommendation to eat a plant-based diet…. 

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4 Nutrients You Should Know & Love

Learn more about four nutrients you should know and love… and two you should give the cold shoulder!

This is week three of National Nutrition Month, and the third installment of how to use the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 in real life to go from expert recommendations to everyday healthy habits.

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

While “everything in moderation” is a mantra you may have heard, like most things — there are exceptions. Nobody likes to be the food police, but truth be told, of course there are good and bad foods (and good and bad habits), and most people know the difference.

I’m not talking about the artisanal champagne truffle or dry-aged steak dinner you enjoy once a year; but I am talking about everyday choices that can make a big impact on your everyday sense of wellbeing.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 feature four superstar nutrients most Americans need to be eating more of, and two that most of us could do with less of — all in the interest of living healthy, vibrant lives. … 

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